As a member of one of America’s most famous families, hotel heiress Nicky Hilton is accustomed to visiting some of the world’s most luxurious and notable properties. So it is fitting that when the time came to choose a location to host her upcoming nuptials to banker James Rothschild, the 31-year-old fashion designer set her sights on Kensington Palace.
The sprawling royal estate, home to the Palace where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, features 275 acres of public gardens, the Princess Diana Memorial Playground and the historical Orangery – where Nicky and James, who became engaged in August, are expected to hold their festivities. Page Six reports that the couple will say “I Do” on July 10, and according to the Orangery’s website, the venue will be closed to the public that day.
The Orangery was commissioned by Queen Anne in 1704 to act as a greenhouse for her citrus trees. It later became one of her favourite settings for court gatherings and entertaining guests.
The bride, who will reportedly wear a bespoke Valentino wedding dress, alluded to her fairytale nuptials just last week when she celebrated her bridal shower.
Nicky shared photos of the “fairy-tale bridal shower”, Held at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, on her Instagram page.
“Thank you for the most beautiful bridal shower,” she wrote alongside a snap of a gorgeous table filled with floral arrangements and over 20 place settings.
Pride of place at the end of the table was a large fairy tale-style book , with the words inside reading: “Once upon a time, Nicky Hilton and James Rothchild’s love story…”
Guests included her mum, Kathy Hilton, and Nicole Richie’s mom, but sadly not Nicky’s older sister, Paris, who revealed on her Instagram page that she had to be in Spain for work commitments.
Nicky looked stunning at her shower, wearing a white crochet dress paired with gold strappy sandals, and showing off her tan which she got during a weekend trip to Mexico.
In another picture she shared a group shot, writing: “Loved seeing these beautiful girls today!” and in another, she shared some of the funny presents that her friends gifted her during the shower.
Thirty-one-year-old Nicky and James, who is a British banker, first met in 2011 at the wedding of Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt in Odescalchi castle.